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Bay Area Summertime Happenings: 5 fun things to do this weekend

Bay Area Summertime Happenings: 5 fun things to do this weekend
Photo: Castro Theater
By Laila Weir - Published on June 10, 2022.

If you don't have tickets to see Bob Dylan or Erykah Badu this weekend, don't despair. (Actually, there may be a ticket or two left for Ms. Badu, or you can always camp out outside the Greek Theater and listen for free. But we didn't tell you that.) There's plenty to do around the Bay Area this weekend. With temperatures expected to soar Friday and Saturday, it could be a great time to get out on the Bay, but there are also some super-fun indoor and outdoor events happening. We've picked five favroties for you to check out June 10-12.

We'll be rounding up some top events each week this summer for last-minute weekend fun in our Summertime Happenings series, so be sure to check back in the coming weeks. TGI(A)F! 

Cheer on the Warriors at a Chase Center Watch Party

When the Dubs attempt to tie up the NBA Finals against the Celtics this Friday in Boston, hometown fans can gather to watch the game broadcast on the big screens both outside and inside the Chase Center arena. Tickets are $25 for indoor seats, with proceeds benefiting the Warriors Community Foundation. It should be quite a scene. And, hey, when else can you cheer on the Warriors in-arena — albeit on-screen — for that price? It's definitely cheaper than flying to Boston. A Watch Party ticket even snags you free rides on MUNI that day.

When: Friday, June 10, 6 p.m. (Doors Open at 5 p.m.)
Where: Chase Center
Information & reservations: www.chasecenter.com/events/nba-finals-game-4-watch-party-20220610

Watch Classic Movies at the Castro Theater's 100th Anniversary

The historic Castro Theater opened on June 22, 1922, at the outset of the Roaring '20s. Now the '20s have come around again, and the San Francisco landmark is celebrating 100 years in business. To mark the occasion, the theater is holding 11 days of film screenings on June 3–12 featuring iconic movies from each decade of the Castro’s history, including some family and children’s programming and a “Happy Birthday” special event on June 22 with movies filmed in San Francisco. 

This weekend, the theater will be showing movies from the 1930s and 1940s. So, harken back to the golden days of Hollywood, and support a classic theater at a time when so many movie theaters and long-standing businesses are going under. Most shows will be preceded by a live organ performance.

Where: 429 Castro St., San Francisco
Full schedule & tickets: tinyurl.com/Castro-100

Indulge at the Taco and Margarita Festival in San Jose's SAP Center

The first-ever San Jose Taco and Margarita Festival is billed as a "true family-friendly event" featuring professional wrestling, a DJ, and arts and crafts from more than 20 local vendors. We're intrigued! Kids ages 12 and under are free with a paid adult, so that sounds family-friendly where every parent knows it counts most (yes, the wallet). The event takes place inside the SAP Center. Tickets start at $12, with VIP & Ultimate VIP Packages available for $59 and $99 respectively.

When: Sunday, June 12, 12 p.m.
Where: SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose
Information & tickets: www.sapcenter.com/events/detail/san-jose-taco-margarita-festival

See Countess Cabaret Starring Luann de Lesseps at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts

Live cabaret at this iconic San Francisco classical Greco-Roman-inspired building, originally built for an exhibition in 1915? What's not to love? Plus a Real Housewife to boot. Real Housewives of New York City star Countess Luann de Lesseps will be performing her cabaret show at the Palace of Fine Arts Saturday evening. You can see the reality TV personality/actress/author-turned-cabaret entertainer for tickets starting at $35.

When: Saturday, June 11, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St., San Francisco
Information & tickets: www.countessluann.com/cabaret-tour-dates-new

Look for Reservations for the Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco

Ok, this one may be a long shot for this weekend, but we can't leave it off, and, hey, you never known -- a reservation may open up. The Stern Grove Festival is an 85-year tradition hosting a series of free concerts in the lovely outdoor amphitheater of Stern Grove. Oakland soul/funk/jazz/rock group Tower of Power and West Coast rap pioneer Too Short kick off the 2022 season this Sunday afternoon.

Reservations are required and spots filled up fast, but you can check for last-minute cancellations. If you don't luck out, use the time to look for availability later in the season! You won't regret it. (And if you have a reservation and can't make it after all, please, please, cancel it, so someone else can get your spot.)

When: Sunday, June 12, 2 p.m.
Where: Rhoda Goldman Concert Meadow @ Sigmund Stern Grove Recreation Area, 19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd., San Francisco
Information & reservations: www.sterngrove.org